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Partners in Reading

Each semester, pairs of kids and college students meet once a week for forty-five to sixty minutes to read and
enjoy the library together. Sign up for the program whether your kids are great readers or need a little extra help.
The goal is to encourage kids to be lifelong users and lovers of reading and the library.

We strive to make the program fun, exciting, and something kids and college students look forward to coming to week after week.

During a typical session, partners pick out books together and then read aloud to each other for half an hour,
then are encouraged to explore other activities in the library— challenge each other to a board game, put on a
puppet show in our Discovery Room, build with blocks in our Book Nook, or check out some of our tech toys.
In addition to reading and checking out activities in the library, partners are also encouraged to complete a Reading
Challenge
— ten specific genres or activities for partners to complete during each semester. Along the way,
partners receive prizes for reading through the genres, checking out our online resources, searching for clues on a
scavenger hunt, or using the catalog to solve literary riddles.

Children in 1st through 6th grades are welcome to participate in fall and spring sessions. In the spring,
kindergartners are welcome to join in, too!

Meeting times are flexible! Participants may select any 45 minute sessions on Mondays through Thursdays
from 3:30 through 8:00 pm.

We try really hard to match every child that signs up for the program. We hope you’ll understand that the number
of kids matched
depends on the number of college students that register – and vice versa!

Our volunteers come from a wide variety of majors and bring a great mix of experience to the program.
Each volunteer will participate in an orientation session before starting the program and must undergo a
criminal background screen.

For More information
Please contact Lyndsey Carney with any questions.
Lyndsey Carney
Partners in Reading Coordinator
(309)454-4668
lcarney@normalpl.org